Baby Dies And Mother Injured After Elevator Malfunctions
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
A 6-week-old baby has died in a tragic
accident after a stroller fell down an elevator shaft in Brooklyn. According to
authorities, the accident happened around 10:40 a.m. on Thursday at an
apartment building on Neptune Avenue in the Sea Gate area. Police say
a 21-year-old mother walked into the empty elevator on the 23rd floor
with a stroller carrying her infant baby girl. The elevator shaft was
empty and the mother and baby fell eight floors and landed on top of the
stalled elevator car.
Officers say the baby was unresponsive when they arrived and rushed to
Coney Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The mother suffered
serious injury but is expected to survive. Friends say the family is devastated
by the sudden death of their child.
The mother did not know that the elevator was out of service and residents
say proper safety precautions were not in place around an open elevator
shaft. An elevator maintenance worker was at the scene repairing the elevator
several floors below. The elevator maintenance company has several past
code violations. Residents say the Coney Island building has a long history
of code violations and elevator complaints. Many say several senior citizens
and young children live in the building and this accident only proved
their worst fears. Brooklyn Police say the investigation is ongoing and
the building will face multiple inspections.
When the death of a loved one is the result of a senseless and preventable
accident caused by a negligent property owner, families can seek monetary
restitution through premises liability claims. To speak to an expert premises
liability lawyer in St. Louis, please
contact Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC.